Alere

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Alere Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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2.4 121 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger

Ron Zwanziger

(48 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home so you don't have to face the people making your work life horrible(in 16 reviews)

  • The company is also very flexible about working from home, which adds greatly to achieving a work/life balance(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management claims to want to be proactive but never seems to get out of reactive mode(in 6 reviews)

  • Awful health benefits, basically emergency coverage even for the more expensive plans(in 5 reviews)

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    Difficult work experience due to problematic management.

    Nurse Case Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsI work from home which is great and people are friendly.

    ConsSevere micro management. Direct supervisor difficult to work with, constant criticism and very little positive feedback. Highly critical environment. Previous positions have been higher stress but less micromanagement. Regular fear of layoffs is highly stressful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust employees to do their jobs as they are professionals. Positive feedback is crucial to a satisfied employee. Be more transparent when layoffs are impending.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Good intentions, Poor execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsGood ideas and talented people. Can do attitude.

    ConsBelow average pay and benefit. More and more political. Poorly integrated. Unproven strategy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    5 people found this helpful  

    More layoffs than you can shake a stick at.

    (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsLax dress code - jeans environment
    Work from home
    Wellness programs

    ConsTerrible organizational culture
    Quarterly stealth layoffs
    Overworked and under appreciated
    Terrible management
    Very top - heavy organization
    Brain drain - lots of great people are leaving
    Ever - reducing health benefits; high premiums
    High corporate management turnover
    Activist investors
    Decreasing health improvement client base - constant fear of being sold due to loss of contracts
    Micromanaging at its finest
    2 percent salary increases
    No 401(k) match
    No job security - constantly in fear of being laid off
    Poor communication from management

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have lost and will continue to lose great people. The environment that you create is caustic and oppressive. You have great people that you do not cultivate. For many, the only way to move up is to move out. It's endemic in this organization.

    I am fearful of Alere's prospects, especially on the health management side. Your customer service operation is a joke and you will continue to lose clients if your practice is to hire low - wage contractors to interact with your clients' members. They are not properly trained and it shows.

    The direction of Alere seems rudderless. The CEO and COO are all over the place and the deception and obfuscation about the state of the company is apparent and the town halls do nothing to mask how poorly the company is doing. In fact, they make it more apparent.

    It goes without saying that Alere is not a meritocracy. The capable get shafted and the cunning are rewarded - this is probably not unique to Alere, but should be noted.

    I worked for Alere a little over three years - saw about 3 or 4 division presidents and 3 division CEOs. Get what I'm saying? There is no job stability, career growth and the stealth layoffs are completely demoralizing. To boot, there are no announcements - one moment the person you regularly work with will just stop replying to business emails, it's only when you look in the directory or call them that you realize they are gone. Alere has a culture which finds this completely acceptable. A contributing factor to why the company is in decline.

    This is a dying company. I predict whole divisions will be sold or phased out. If you can help it start your career with a competitor - Humana, United Healthcare, Healthways, etc. Not only are the starting salaries generally below market value, you only get pay increases of 2 percent. This is standard across the board no matter your marks and there us NO 401(k) match. Just look elsewhere.

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    Good Foot in the Door Job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company is always trying to create a better environment for their workers. The leads and supervisors are very nice, and always try to listen to your concerns. I have grown considerably by being proactive within the department and the opportunities given to be my supervisor.

    ConsThe company itself is going through its phases with their temps. There has been numerous of layoffs that have caused the dissatisfaction among the employees. The opportunities for promotions are limited. Pay is not competitive at all.

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, Underpaid, Forced Overtime

    Extractionist (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsGood place to get experience since they hire people fresh out of college. The work is easy, just tedious and time consuming. As much overtime as your heart desires.

    ConsManagement turnover is horrible. There has been 4 different managers in under 2 years and every time a new manager comes in they make new rules and try to fix problems they dont understand. Instead of hiring more extractionists they give you more work. In training they said you for 150 samples per 8 hours but instead they have people doing 250-300 samples a day. The company does whatever is best for them and does not really care about the employees. Recently every extractionist was forced to come in and work an extra day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementForcing employees to work extra days is a fast way to lose half your staff! Hire more people and maybe you wont be so behind

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The absolute worst company I have ever worked for

    Engineering Technician (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThere is plenty of Overtime and free alcohol on Friday.

    ConsThe engineers are a hard headed group of people. they do not want you to touch their equipment so they would rather you call them and and ask them what to do. Your input doesn't count so if you try to give any you are always wrong no matter what. there is no bonus and the health benefits are extremely expensive with a high deductible.

    Advice to Senior Managementget your engineers to team up with technicians and work together. there is no way the engineers can do proper design work without the help of the technicians.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low pay, little direction, boys club

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proshigh base salary, car allowance, good customer base

    Conslow commission, few internal promotions, burn out, integrating too many divisions...no one can be an expert at EVERYTHING....

    Advice to Senior Managementpromote your people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    If you want to be treated terribly, this is the place to work!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsWorking remotely - use that time to look for another job!!!!

    ConsPay is way below market value
    Managers and VPs are horrible - treat everyone like dirt
    Managers will take credit for your work then blast you for the most mundane things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the multiple layers of VPs - too top heavy
    Compensate employees at market value - and a 2% raise is not motivation to stick around
    Coach managers and VPs on how to treat others

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micromanagement Central

    Quit Coach (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsSome leadership members are transparent and understanding.

    ConsMicromanagement. Health benefits through group health are not even usable.

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    Lip service pros

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosexcellent Coworkers, company sponsored activities,

    ConsIndecisive, poor management, Lack of trust in employees, constantly changing focus, says one thing and does another, Claims to care for customer but does exact opposite, and has management, no training

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlan before you implement, and actually focus on your customers don't just say you are, spend time to actually train your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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